The World's First 4K Real time VR Aurora

Now, you can experience the actual aurora with the world’s first 4K x 4K real-time VR. Astro-photographer Mr. O-Cheol KWON took these eye catching footages during the Aurora Substorm 2015 which was a unique experience even for the photographer who spent several years for this phenomena.

  • Production : Hug Media 
  • Release date : 2016
  • Running time : 30min/25min
  • Resolution : 4K
  • Language : English, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, German
Main Contents
  • Aurora from the International Space Station
  • The secret behind auroral colors
  • Auroral mythology and the origin of its name
  • The best places to see an aurora
  • Various auroral shapes and auroral substorm
  • The latest scientific breakthroughs in auroral studies
Fulldome festival & Award
  • 2016 10th Fulldome Festival Jena ‘Honorable Mention (footage)’
  • 2016 IPS Brno Fulldome Festival ‘World premier’
  • 2016 IPMF Gwacheon ‘Audience Award’
  • 2016 BAP
  • 2017 International Festival of Science Visulization
  • 2017 11th Fulldome Festival Jena ‘JANUS Astro Award’

These are not the usual time-lapse images but high resolution video at 30 fps taken by special multi cameras with low light sensors. The audiences will experience sophisticated and still dynamic features of the real Aurora storm. Also, scientific explanations and beautiful art works about the legend of the aurora are featured throughout the movie.

Pictures cannot fully capture auroras as they are. An actual Aurora would move faster as it becomes brighter and brighter. To reproduce such amazing aurora experience, we filmed real-time images of auroras with ultra-high sensitivity cameras. For the first time in the world, the entire night sky was captured in super-resolution VR of at least 4K x 4K by connecting a number of cameras.

AstroPhotographer, Ochul Kwon
Member of TWAN (The World at Night,
Solo Exhibitions

2018 Aurora storm. Bando camera gallery. Seoul, Korea
2015 Dokdo island seen from Ulleungdo Island. Dokdo Museum. Seoul, Korea
2014 Mt.Kilimanjaro. Kwang Gallery, SeJong Center. Seoul, Korea
2012 Aurora. Kwang Gallery, SeJong Center. Seoul, Korea
2011 Night Skies of the Earth. Canon PLEX gallery. Seoul, Korea
2007 Starry Flow in Night Sky, Vol 2. Kwang Gallery, SeJong Center. Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 Seoul Photo 2011. COEX. Seoul, Korea
2010 Seoul Photo 2010. COEX. Seoul, Korea
2009 Seotonin II, SeMA Gyeonghuigung Annex, Seoul
2009 Ulsan International Photography Festival. Ulsan
2009 Art Road 77 art fair. Heyri, Korea
2009 Seoul Photo 2009. COEX. Seoul, Korea
2009 The World at Night -One World, One Sky-, Korea & etc
2008 YooEoGong(遊於空), Wander on the Sky. 63 SKYART Museum. Seoul, Korea
2008 Seoul Photo 2008pre. COEX. Seoul, Korea

Scientific simulation & artistic animation

Even a star in the background was carefully drawn to simulate the actual outer space as it is. So if you want, you can find star constellations in the sky. The stars in the background against the earth are just like what you would see in outer space. Stars that appear beyond Curiosity on Mars were simulated to represent the actual night sky from Mars. The scene with many galaxies was created based on modern scientific observation.

Computer graphics were used to depict cosmic sceneries where physical filming is impossible. we created a virtual world that closely imitates the real world by consulting with a number of scientists and utilizing scientific resources including NASA data.

The animation was used to portray myths inspired by auroras and the origin of its name. Myths and beliefs of ancient people about auroras come to life in a fantasy style animation.

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